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MB Premiere: HEREZA - 'Death Metal Drunks' full album stream and review
On June 6th death metal drunks HEREZA will release their 3rd full-length via Godz ov War Productions but today we are honored to host the premiere of the full album stream giving you an early taste of an alcohol drenched sexual orgy with zombies.
Originally formed in 2014, Beli Manastir, Croatia but currently residing in Stuttgart, Germany, Hereza's obvious change of scenery coupled with fresh blood from new members resulted in completely different record and view of the world. Well, maybe not completely but to borrow from the promo flyer: "No 'pre', no 'post', no 'tech', no 'prog', not even any 'swe' references or connotations - the death metal drunks Hereza return with sheer fun and straightforward death'n'roll attack."
First look at the cover and title should give you an instant indication that we're up for a change compared to the predecessor. Dark cover of I Become Death was replaced with colorful art of a guitarist holding the bottle of booze aptly titled Death Metal Drunks and while death and zombies are still the lyrical theme across the whole record there's more emphasis on sex, drugs (in this case alcohol) and definitely death'n'roll.
And while they never were 'tech' or 'prog' the fascinations with Swedish sound was definitely there and this part is gone too. Dirty and distorted sound of HM-2 is replaced with cleaner, modern and more polished sound but don't fret, the punch is not only still there but it's bigger and more suited for their refined style. Hereza always had punk overtones but this time it's a lot more pronounced pushing the album into more thrash/hardcore-ish territories and combined with free spirited lyrics adds to 'n'roll athosphere. And packing 11 tracks into 28 minutes definitely gives you that fast party with nonstop shots and fast girls feeling with each track bringing different flavors to this orgy. Style-wise ranging from death, through thrash, punk to pure rock Hereza makes sure you drink as much of their cool-aid as possible and spices things up with variety of tasty solos, tight blast drumming or sound effects of running horses, trucks crushing bones or moaning cowgirls. Extra bonus points are earned for 'Necrobitch, Cowgirl From The Morgue' where clean guitar classical strumming always gets my heart pumping when incorporated into a metal track.
No matter how you slice and dice, this record is just pure fun and should be treated as such. No hidden, life changing lyrical messages or trips into unknown musical territories but if you need a laugh or break from everyday seriousness make yourself a drink, cap-off that beer and enjoy the party.
While some will definitely miss old school Swedish sounding Hereza I'm definitely not one of them (I've literally heard over 100 bands with that old school sound this year alone!). So, while still not breaking new grounds in originality department it takes good party and a massive hangover to break from the old and go for the change, and it looks like Hereza knows how to party.
So, if you're up for a mid day drink hit play and stream the full record below and don't forget to pre-order through Godz ov War Productions' Bandcamp page here.